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Food industry

The agri-food sector includes different types of companies: agri-food industries, agricultural cooperatives, crop protection companies, etc. 

Both upstream in terms of agriculture and downstream in terms of agri-food companies, the agri-food industry faces a number of challenges. The industry is one of the most innovative in France.


Challenges for the agri-food sector


As the leading industrial sector in France, the food industry plays a key role in the French economy. It is a highly strategic asset, constantly innovating, exporting and creating jobs. With a turnover of 198 billion euros (2020), it is France’s largest industrial employer. 


One of the key words for the sector is agility. New consumer expectations (healthier and more responsible consumption) are posing new challenges for the industry, affecting innovation and R&D services. 


Not to mention rising costs, traceability and ecology are playing a major role in redefining the sector’s boundaries. For companies in the sector, innovation is essential if they are to maintain their competitive edge in terms of quality and price. 

Multiple areas of innovation 


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Our Food Industry Expert

The experts at ABGi combine for you a deep knowledge of the industry, a forward-looking vision of the market and a thorough analysis of all the available opportunities.


Christophe Aube, expert scientifique ABGi


Christophe AUBE, Scientific expert 

PhD in Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry and Electrochemistry and University graduate in Inventions Patents, he has been advising clients on research tax incentives for 9 years, specialising in industrial sectors. He also carries out, in collaboration with our specialist partners (industrial property firms), assignments on innovation strategy and identification of industrial property opportunities for companies (pre-patentability studies of our clients’ inventions).


To find out how we can help you unlock the innovative potential of your business, contact us.